As we near closer to the end of September, and the release of Marvel and Netflix’s third series, Luke Cage, we’re beginning to learn more about the upcoming release – including the influence of music on the show. While making the promo rounds recently, Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker stopped by The Ryan Cameron Morning Show on WVEE along with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge to speak on the influence music had on Marvel’s latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When asked about how they determine which music goes with what scene, Younge had this to say:
The tone that we set is basically established by Cheo first of all because Cheo is a hip-hop-head and he has his history of doing a lot of things for the culture, so when he called on myself and Ali to score this thing, we basically listened to what he wanted. And he wanted something that evoked the notion of the hip-hop culture, which is not just hip hop music but going back to the breaks so bringing all that stuff in. That’s who Luke Cage’s character was because he’s one of those people that grew up in the culture so all we did was respond to what he asked for and created the music for it.
Later on during the interview, the show’s host asked Coker why he thinks Netflix is appealing and Coker responded by stating that it essentially allows you to watch what you want when you want it. As to why the streaming service works for shows like Luke Cage, Coker explained that it forces showrunners to go about developing these shows like “records” – capable of telling complete, satisfying stories.
The thing about it now is that you can go and watch what you want to watch when you want to watch it and that’s really the appeal of Netflix. What’s happened now is with these dramatic series, it has changed the way people consume television because it isn’t like where every week is a cliff hanger and you have to wait until next Tuesday at ten for the next show. It’s that you have to kind of compose the season, in terms of how you tell the story, almost like a record…The fact that when you have these albums, it’s like you shut everything down and you just listen and you hear a story being told at the same time there’s music. And the thing about Marvel’s Luke Cage in terms of how we tell the story is that music from the very beginning is an important part of the fabric of the show. There’s music throughout and it’s not just hip-hop because the thing is, beyond that, the score is just really provocative and at the same time, we have live performances from Faith Evans. It’s one of those things, the more we talk about it…I don’t even want to talk about it, I just want people to see it on September 30. There’s just so much to talk about. It’s one of those things it’s a whole experience. We’re going to ruin people’ weekends…in a good way.
You can watch the interview in its entirety below.
Luke Cage will premiere on Friday, September 30th exclusively on Netflix.
Source: CBS Atlanta.